Households with a broadband connection

  • Nearly 9 in 10 households have a broadband connection

    In 2019, 89% of the Flemish households had a broadband connection. In 2005 that  share stood at 46%.

    No separate figures are available for mobile and fixed broadband for 2018 and 2019. In 2017, the proportion of households with a fixed broadband connection (82%) was almost equal to the proportion of households with a broadband connection (86%). Furthermore, in 2017 38% of the Flemish households had a mobile broadband connection, compared to 4% in 2010.

  • Fixed and mobile broadband more common in households with children and with higher income

    The proportion of households with a broadband connection is higher among households with children. While 96% of households with children had broadband in 2019, that percentage was 87% for households without children in the household. In 2017, this difference between households with and without children was bigger for mobile broadband than for fixed broadband.

    98% of households with an income of at least 3,000 euro had broadband in 2019, while the figure for households with an income of no more than 1,199 euro was 66%. For fixed broadband and mobile broadband the difference between these two groups was about the same in 2017.

  • Flemish Region at EU average level for broadband in households

    In 2019, the proportion of households with broadband was higher in the Flemish Region (89%) than in the Walloon Region (85%). In the Brussels-Capital Region 87% of households had broadband.

    In 2019, broadband penetration in the Flemish Region was in line with the EU28 average. In the Netherlands, nearly every household (98%) had a broadband connection.

    As to the proportion of households with a fixed broadband connection, there were only slight differences between the Belgian regions in 2017. In the Netherlands (98%) and Luxembourg (94%), almost every household had a fixed broadband connection. In the Flemish Region 82% of households had a fixed broadband connection.

    In 2017, the proportion of households with a mobile broadband connection was higher in the Flemish Region (38%) than in the Brussels-Capital Region (24%) or in the Walloon Region (21%). In the EU28 that average was 42%. In Finland, the country with the highest percentage, 89% of the households had mobile broadband.

Publication date

28 July 2020

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14 April 2021

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